Family Preservation Step-Down

FSW’s Family Preservation Step Down program is a preventive service offered by Family Services of Westchester and funded by the Westchester County Department of Social Services. The program offers short-term, family-focused services designed to assist families in crisis by improving parenting and family functioning, while keeping children safe.

Families are referred to the Family Preservation Step Down Program by the Westchester County Department of Social Services. Participation in this program is voluntary and there is no fee. A Preventive Service Case must be opened.

Family Preservation Step-Down serves families who have one or more of the following:mother hugging sad little boy

  • A history of alcohol and/or substance abuse
  • One or more indicated child abuse or maltreatment reports
  • A child or children in an out-of-home placement or where the risk of such placement is high
  • Families are raising children with physical, developmental, and/or cognitive disabilities (who may be acting out) and/or children diagnosed with a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED).

To participate in Family Preservation Step-Down, families MUST be willing to:

  1. At least one significant adult family member must be willing to work with the Family Preservation Step Down Worker.
  2. The family must be willing to spend an average of three (3) hours per week for approximately six (6) months with the Family Preservation Step Down worker.
  3. The family must be committed to the goal of having the child(ren) at risk continue to thrive in the home of the parent(s) or guardian.

Contact Information:

Shellese Dixon-Rawls, MPA, BS, Program Supervisor
914-738-1728, Ext. 29